Trump’s agenda hits a roadblock. Bannon’s influence is greatly diminished. And Republicans wonder what’s next. The biggest loser in Alabama’s special election on Tuesday night is without question, President Donald Trump, who suffered his second consecutive loss in the state after endorsing a failed primary candidate, and eventually the disgraced Roy Moore, despite his landslide victory in the state in the 2016 presidential election. The seat formerly occupied by Attorney General Jeff Sessions in the U.S. Senate will soon be filled by the Democratic challenger, Doug Jones, whose opponent, Moore, was heavily endorsed by the president and his former chief strategist — a leader of the conservative insurgency movement — Steve Bannon. Bannon’s political skills are now fair game. The Wall Street Journal called Bannon a “loser.” “The Alabama result shows that Mr. Bannon cares less about conservative policy victories than he does personal king-making. He wants to depose Mitch McConnell as Majority Leader even if it costs Republicans Senate control,” the editorial said. “GOP voters, take note: Mr. Bannon is for losers.” The surprisingly high blue turnout — specifically among black Americans — in a ruby red state dealt a significant blow to the president’s agenda, and also shook up the dynamics of power in the Senate. The Republican majority is now razor-thin, at 51-49. Hours after the election, Trump attempted to perform damage control, as he reasserted his personal image in an attempt to prove he is immune to defeat.
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— Salon (@Salon) December 13, 2017